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gigs throughout the community for both charity and
profit,” he explained.
After retiring from the Air Force, he and his family
moved to Sacramento, California, where he began
working on his master’s degree. He was offered a
position as ground safety manager in New Mexico at
Kirkland AFB, before relocating to Brevard, to be the
weapons safety manager at Patrick AFB.
Since 1997, he has been known as the Suntree Santa
and began a new career as Santa Claus full time after
retiring from the workforce in 2014. Over the years,
he has appeared at private parties, businesses and
shopping malls. He has also made appearances at local
hospitals and schools throughout the area, where he
enjoyed reading to children.
LOOKING THE ROLE
It was easy for Davis to play Santa since he has always
been on the heavy side, once weighing in at 330
pounds. And the famous white whiskers were not a
“I’ve also been able to grow a pretty good beard for the
role,” he said.
After being told by his physician several years ago that
he would not live much longer if he didn’t slim down,
he has since made a concerted effort to watch his
To contact Santa
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Davis enjoys visiting young patients and spreading holiday cheer at Holmes Regional
Medical Center in Melbourne.